May 2017 Events in Tennessee

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Iris Festival

Dolly’s Homecoming Parade – May 5, Pigeon Forge
Dolly Parton herself leads colorful floats, talented entertainers and lively marching bands as they make their way down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. CONTACT: 1-800-251-9100,

Townsend Spring Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day – May 5-6, Townsend
Don’t miss bluegrass music, clogging, arts and crafts, barbecue and other food vendors, Appalachian demonstrations, storytelling and wildflower walks at this two-day festival. CONTACT:

Memphis in May – May 5-28, Memphis
A month-long series of events including the Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. CONTACT: (901) 525-4611,

Pickin’ Picnic Bluegrass Festival – May 6, Bartlett
Guests are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live acoustic music under the blue skies of spring during this free, family event. CONTACT: (901) 385-6440,

Spring on the Mountain – May 6, Monterey
A fun festival that includes art, crafts and food vendors, a cruise-in and a Latino Street Festival at Monterey Depot Museum. CONTACT:

Appalachian Spring Festival – May 6, Rogersville
The festival will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Square in historic downtown Rogersville by the Rogersville Arts Council. Activities include a chalk art contest, folk and line dancing lessons, art demonstrations and sales booths and music. CONTACT: (423) 754-6363,

Historic Granville Cornbread and Moonshine Bash – May 6, Granville
Head to this annual event for the cornbread contest, cornbread tasting, lunch and cornbread trail, grist mill operating,
craftsmen demonstrating, primitive cooking, moonshine demonstrations, storytelling and music. CONTACT: (931) 653-4151,

Annual Strawberry Festival – May 6-13, Portland
The 76th annual Strawberry Festival sets the scene with food booths, games, activities, live music and a parade. There are several events leading up to festival day. CONTACT: (615) 325-3858,

Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival – May 6-27, Wartburg
This festival spotlights the mountain laurel all month with a 5K run, guided hikes, live band concerts and more. CONTACT:

West Tennessee Strawberry Festival – May 7-13, Humboldt
This annual festival includes parades, live entertainment, a barbecue cook-off, concerts, fireworks and more. CONTACT: (731) 784-1842,

Wilderness Wildlife Week – May 9-13, Pigeon Forge
Don’t miss the ultimate Smoky Mountain experience with a series of activities connecting Pigeon Forge visitors with the great outdoors. Experts share their knowledge at seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops. CONTACT: 1-800-251-9100,

Tennessee Strawberry Festival – May 13, Dayton
Highlights include a parade, food competition, live entertainment and more. CONTACT: (423) 775-0361,

Highway 52 Yard Sale – May 19-20, Macon County
Find treasures along the way as you browse vendors, food and antiques at this 100-mile sale. CONTACT: (615) 666-5885,

Exit 56 Blues Fest – May 20, Brownsville
Celebrate the blues heritage with live blues music, an arts and crafts show and a car cruise-in at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. CONTACT: (731) 779-9000,

International Biscuit Festival – May 20, Knoxville
Named one of the U.S.’s Top 10 Food Festivals, this popular event rises annually at Market Square in downtown Knoxville. CONTACT:

Iris Festival – May 20-21, Greeneville (pictured) 
Enjoy food, entertainment and an annual woodcarving show in downtown Greeneville. CONTACT: (423) 638-4111,

Buford Pusser Festival – May 25-27, Adamsville
This annual festival honors the famous “Walking Tall” sheriff and features music, family fun, food and more. CONTACT: (731) 632-4080,

Big Sandy Spring Festival – May 26-27, Big Sandy
This event includes a parade, car show, carnival, live entertainment, vendors, food and more. CONTACT: (731) 584-8395,

Cajunfest – May 27, Hampshire
Amber Falls Winery & Cellar’s annual “Cajunfest” will feature authentic Cajun foods, live Cajun music from Wayne & Same ‘Ol 2 Step and Jambalaya Cajun Band, a gumbo cook-off competition, wine, crawfish races, and more! This event benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County in Columbia, TN, and is attended by over 1,500 people each year. CONTACT: (931) 285-0088,

Historic Granville 19th Granville Heritage Day – May 27, Granville
The family-friendly event features an antique car and tractor show, Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, crafts, craftsmen, a parade, great food and much more CONTACT: (931) 653-4151,

1 Comment

  1. Nora Nowack

    April 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I’m looking to find handmade Appalachian crafts and such. We’re visiting Paris State Park, Nashville and Memphis areas camping along the way.

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